Saturday, September 28, 2013

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Pages: 480pgs

The Story

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

The Review

A big thanks to the publisher of netGalley for accepting my request in reading this book early!

Reminding me of the dystopian tales such as The Passage and The Road, THE 5TH WAVE is a ruthless but a completely original alien invasion novel. So if you're already a sci-fi and dystopian fan or pretty much anything else that revolves heavily around aliens and their freak-ish ways of ridding the human race, then it's a must that you read this book as well.

I won't get into the specific details of the storyline (I don't want to ruin this awesome tale for you) but what I loved about this book was our main protagonist, Cassie, and how she continues to struggle to survive amongst 'The Others' invading the Earth. She was just a really fascinating and real character to have behind this bleak world backdrop and I believed in her story which mattered the most to me out of everything else that I had read. While I wasn't a huge fan nor totally convinced with the other character perspectives of the story, but Cassie was the one that did it for me the most and this girl definitely mirrors other famous characters including Katniss from The Hunger Games and Katsa from Graceling. So if that doesn't make you want to pick up this book then I don't know what will.

Overall, THE 5TH WAVE was a very surprising read for me and definitely has some movie potential (so please make a movie out of this). With thrilling action, intriguing characters, freakin' twisted events and a I-want-more kind of ending, I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this author because I'm hooked on his tale already!

The Rating
4/5 stars


  1. I don't know about The Road and The Passage but seriously I've only seen rave reviews about this book. And oh, movie potential! Even though I'm not really into aliens, I'll still check this out.

  2. Yay, so glad you liked this. I agree that it definitely has some movie potential and I loved the mc! And that ending left me wanting more for sure. Great review!

    1. Thanks! I hope they make a movie out of this. The MC was awesome.


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